Pastor Janessa Chastain
Janessa moved back to Boise in April 2020 to serve as the executive director of Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. In all her work, she is committed to expanding partnerships and focusing on local advocacy efforts so Ada County families can best be served. Before joining Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, Janessa was a United Methodist Pastor in the Desert-Southwest conference, working in Tucson and Phoenix AZ. She worked to strengthen her local communities by partnering with churches and community outreach organizations, helping them connect to serve more effectively. She also worked in international advocacy, creating educational opportunities in partnership with United Nations Task Forces, hosting international dignitaries, and helping activists prepare to testify before United Nations committees. She graduated from Willamette University with a degree in politics. She received her masters of divinity from Drew University. Janessa grew up in a Boise,ID and was a committed member of Hillview United Methodist Church. She’s very glad to be back in her hometown.